Idaho Steelheads vs. Rapid City Rush
Date(s) - Fri Nov 17, 2017
7:05 pm - 10:30 pm
The Steelheads have won back-to-back games and earned points in seven of their past eight contests following Wednesday’s series-opening victory over the Rapid City Rush. With the 4-3 decision, the Rush saw their four-game winning streak come to an end as the Steelheads climbed into a tie for third place in the Mountain Division with the Colorado Eagles. Friday the Steelheads seek their first three-game winning streak of the season.
The Steelheads earned the lead on Wednesday with a three-goal second period sparked by the blue line. Will Merchant and Justin Parizek both scored on redirects of point shots, followed by Cody Corbett’s first goal of the season. Steve McParland also netted a power play goal for Idaho in the first period, snapping a streak of 35 consecutive penalty kills for Rapid City. The Steelheads have scored power play goals in six of their last eight games. Brady Brassart extended his points streak to a career-high eight games with two assists.
Cody Corbett’s recent offensive surge continued on Wednesday with his first goal of the season on a wrist shot from the left circle, part of a two-point night that gives him nine points in 12 games to lead all Idaho defensemen. Corbett has logged four multi-point performances in his last six games for Idaho after recording three such performances in 40 regular season and playoff games last season with Colorado and South Carolina.
Faragher’s First …
Ryan Faragher earned his first win as a Steelhead on Wednesday in his 2017-18 debut, stopping 27 of 30 shots for the win. Those numbers were skewed by an Alex Guptill goal scored with just four seconds left in regulation time to close the final score to 4-3. Faragher made ten saves in the third period, including two on prime scoring chances from Rush forward Peter Sivak in the slot. Faragher improved to 6-2-1 lifetime against the Rush.
One of Rapid City’s hottest scorers struck twice on Wednesday, with Dante Salituro netting his fourth and fifth goals as part of his first three-point performance of the year. His first goal came on a 5-on-3 power play, the second 5-on-3 goal surrendered by Idaho in as many games and the 12th power play goal surrendered in the past eight contests. Salituro has been held off the scoresheet in just one of his eight games this season, totaling five goals and 11 points. Salituro also led the Rush with six shots on goal against Ryan Faragher in the series-opener.
Goals: Parizek (8)
Assists: Brassart (10)
Points: Brassart (16)
Plus/Minus: Brassart (+8)
Power Play Goals: McParland (4)
Goals-Against Average: Desrosiers (2.68)
Goals: Miller (7)
Assists: Guptill/DeVito (7)
Points: Miller/Salituro (11)
Plus/Minus: Caito (+5)
Power Play Goals: Miller/Salituro (2)
Goals-Against Average: Vay (2.95)
Steelheads’ winning streak hits three in Rapid City
Play of the gameThe Steelheads only led by two goals when the Rush got a lengthy 5-on-3 power play in the third period. Ryan Faragher would be called on to make his best save to keep the Rush off the board and allow the Steelheads to expand their lead. Dante Salituro tried a sharp-angled shot from the left-wing corner that Faragher fought off, but the rebound sat in the crease near the opposite post and right in front of Rapid City’s Peter Sivak. Sivak went to dunk the puck into the open side, but Faragher lunged across the goal line with his left toe to kick the puck just wide of the post and preserve the two-goal lead.
Rapid City, SD (11/17/17)— Ryan Faragher made 20 saves in net and Brady Brassart scored twice in the third period to help the Idaho Steelheads (7-3-4) close out a 4-1 win over the Rapid City Rush (5-8-0) on Friday night at Rushmore Plaza Civic Center. The Steelheads have won a season-high three games in a row and have earned at least a point in eight of the last nine games.
Brassart’s goal late in the third period, as well as his empty-net goal to cap the evening, extended his personal points streak to a career-high nine games. Brassart is now tied for fifth in the ECHL in scoring with 18 points.
With the Steelheads ahead 2-0 late in the third period, Brassart extended the lead just after the Idaho power play expired. Steve McParland slid a pass from the left-wing corner to the top of the crease, where Brassart was camped out to redirect his seventh goal of the season underneath goaltender Christian Frey.
With six seconds left, Brassart scored again into an empty net to seal the win.
Prior to Brassart’s first tally, the Rush had an opportunity to climb back into the game. With 7:40 left in the game and the Steelheads ahead 2-0, penalties to Charlie Dodero and Aaron Harstad gave the Rush a 5-on-3 advantage for 1:27. The Steelheads killed off the disadvantage with help in the form of goaltender Ryan Faragher’s best save, a left-toe stop on Peter Sivak at the left post to keep the Rush scoreless.
Rapid City spoiled Faragher’s shutout bid with 1:25 remaining when Dante Salituro finished the rebound of a Matt Caito shot for his sixth goal of the season, making it 3-1.
The Steelheads power play opened the scoring at 8:40 of the first period with a power play goal from Will Merchant, his third goal of the season and second in as many games on a high wrist shot from the top of the right circle. The Steelheads have scored power play goals in seven of the past nine games.
Connor Chatham extended the lead at 16:09 of the second period, beating Frey between the legs on a right-wing shot for his third goal of the season to make it 2-0.
Corbin Baldwin earned an assist on the Steelheads’ fourth goal, his sixth in the last eight games. With assists on Brassart’s first of the night, McParland has nine point in his last eight games and Parizek has eleven points in his last nine contests.
The Steelheads look for their first series sweep of the season in the series finale with the Rush on Saturday night at Rushmore Plaza Civic Center. Puck-drop is scheduled for 7:05pm MT, with the game available on 1350AM KTIK and on ECHLTV.
Goals: Merchant (3), Chatham (3), Brassart (7,8)
Ryan Faragher: 24 saves on 25 shots
Power Play: 1-for-9
Penalty Kill: 7-for-7
CENTURYLINK THREE STARS OF THE GAME
- Brady Brassart IDH
- Ryan Faragher IDH
- Dante Salituro RCR
COORS LIGHT OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE GAME
Brady Brassart: 2 goals, plus-2 rating, 3 shots; Nine-game points streak